Gordy Dodd is being recognized for his accomplishments. (File photo)

Vancouver Island’s Gordy Dodd awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Owner of Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress recognized for philanthropy and community work

Victoria furniture store owner and philanthropist Gordy Dodd is being recognized for his accomplishments.

Dodd is receiving the 2019 Lifetime Achievement award from The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce for the many hats he’s worn in the city of Victoria.

“Gordy’s story deserves to be told. Anyone who has spent time in our city knows who Gordy is, has seen him on TV and recognized his talent for promotion,” said Al Hasham, Chair of the Board of Governors. ”But there’s so much more to Gordy. He cares so much about his community and has taken action to improve the lives of many, many people.”

Dodd opened Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress in 1977, and 42 years later his furniture store is the largest independent furniture retailer on Vancouver Island.

Along with his one-of-a-kind mattress and furniture commercials – featuring anything from grizzly bears to Batman – Dodd became known in the city for his Peace Walks to raise money for Victoria Hospice, and his annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for people in need.

The dinners, held across the Island, see thousands enjoy festive meals every year.

Dodd said he hopes his efforts inspire others.

“Really, there are not too many homeless. We can solve this,” Dodd said. “I just want people to (think about the fact) we live in a rich country, and most people are doing pretty good. If we all just do a little bit we can solve a lot of problems.”

RELATED: 20,000 free Christmas dinners and counting for Gordy Dodd

RELATED: Peace Walk fundraiser for hospice runs on Sunday

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has been awarding annual business awards since 2002. This year, awards will be presented in 13 categories, including the Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Finalists will be announced for all other categories in February. The 2019 Business Awards Gala will is May 16 at the Fairmont Empress.

RELATED: 2018 Vancouver Island Business Awards honour industry-leading companies



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Follow Nina on Twitter

Just Posted

No missed business hours for AIDS Vancouver Island despite neighbouring fire

Despite some damage to their ceiling and doors, AIDS Vancouver Island returned… Continue reading

Dead tree with eagle’s nest cut down in Comox due to safety concerns

The landowner was granted a permit to remove the tree

RCMP looking for information as thrift store fire investigation continues

Too Good To Be Threw suffered extensive damage after a late night fire on Sunday

Commen-Terry: Helping Hands to benefit flood victims

Fundraising concert Feb. 7 in Courtenay for those affected by Mariner Apartment flood

Home care complaints up 45% on Vancouver Island

Number of home care hours delivered down 6%, complaints up 45 %

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

YANA Online Auction runs until Feb. 8

Items include four pairs of tickets to sold-out Big Love Dinner

North Island College Activity Assistant program returns

Learn more at a free information session Feb. 6 - pre-registration required

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Liberals look to make home-buying more affordable for millennials: Morneau

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election

Courtenay council approves new brewery proposal

Brewery in same neighbourhood as Whistle Stop

Most Read